Friday, August 17, 2007
"You From the Era Where Snitchin' Is The Shit"
"I'm afraid of the future." - Jay-Z, "30 Something"
As I'm sure all of you may have heard by now, Michael Vick's remaining co-defendants in the federal dogfighting case both plead guilty today and opted to testify against Vick. The co-defendants (Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips) also double as his best friends. Ouch! Damn shame.
What's the world coming to when you can't even trust your ex-con weedcarriers?
The answer: it's always been like that. Historically, most organized criminals facing long time in prison have ratted out big factions of their fellow mobsters (see: Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, Henry Hill). Refuted drug dealers (Nikky Barnes, Frank Lucas) also cooperated with the law to save themselves from dying in prison. Three dogfighters from Virginia really isn't that big a deal.
Remember folks, this is America. We're a nation that is consistent with the mindframe of "survival of the fittest". The underlying theme in that frame of mind is "save your own ass". Trust me, I'm not condoning ratting out your supposed best friend who probably funded your and your family's lifestyle, but they did nothing pretty much the whole world hasn't been doing before them.
The truth is, something like this was bound to happen to a big-name athlete. From Allen Iverson to Ray Lewis to Pacman Jones, how many times do you hear athletes say after getting in trouble because of friends that they need to "watch the people around them"? A billion times by my count. I'm as loyal as anyone on this planet, but I draw the line when you start impeding my progress and taking me down your path of screwupness.
Vick obviously never learned that (unlike the rest of this country, I'm reserving judgment until a little thing called the legal system plays out. But if he cops a plea, I'm through with him) and now he'll probably be the official poster boy for what can happen when you hang around the wrong people. He's now left on a dangerous island by the people who he never expected to abandon him. That is his biggest crime.
No wonder his awareness rating on Madden is so low.